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review 2017-04-18 20:13
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Jim Dale is really a phenomenal narrator. In addition to having a gazillion voices to remember how to portray, he makes each of them memorable and constantly evolving along with the character's story arc. The Harry we see (and listen to) here - aged 14, with the beginnings of adolescent fears and insecurities - is not the naive 11-year-old of the first book. The narration makes that clear: Harry sounds older, more jaded and - by the end of the novel - frustrated with how people perceive him. Voldemort, too, experiences a shift in tone, gaining in substance as his own body becomes stronger and more independent.


As with the previous novels, I'm catching details that I now know will become important later on in the series. This is, along with the sheer pleasure of it, a great motivator for revisiting the series. It probably won't be the last re-read/re-listen either. On to the next book!

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review 2017-04-13 20:05
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne

I will keep this brief. 


There was little I liked about this book. The little there was were the three young characters Albus, Scorpius, and Rose. I loved that they were not cast as repeats of their parents and that their background did not determine their character or actions, which, I guess, it the main message of the book/play.


That was it.


Other than this....oh, dear.


The story is like a Greatest Hits compilation of all the best loved or most famous parts of the HP series that is thrown into a mix with Back to the Future.


None of the characters from the original books were anything like they should be. 

I mean, come on, Snape ending his sentences with "..., boy" rather than "..., Potter" ? It made him sound like he was taken out of Gone with the Wind, not HP.
I also had problems with McGonagall, Harry, Dumbledore, ... really anyone who was in the original stories. 
There was a lot of cringe-worthy dialogue, too. And then, of course, there was the twist...
I will not give it away, but if you really think about it, it is absurd and also made me go "eew".
Anyway, I read it. Thankfully, I was able to borrow the book rather than buying it.


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review 2017-04-10 05:11
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne

I knew the general consensus about this book was that it was a disappointment, which put me off reading it for awhile.  So I was a little surprised as I began it, because I was really enjoying it and didn't understand why there was a fuss.


Then Act 1, Scene 10 happened.  Now I get it, because from scene 10 the whole thing just got a little silly and twee.  Attempts at anything deeper and more authentic were mostly a failure and as much as I did like the characters (especially Scorpius), even to the end, the situational part of the plotting just did not work.  It felt like Harry Potter after Disney got ahold of it.


Ah well, I'll still go see it performed if it ever makes the rounds. 

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text 2017-04-10 03:21
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

I had other posts I'd planned to make today, but my computer and I aren't getting along right now, so I'm going to post this one and then try to get my art post up quickly, then I'm turning this thing off for the night.

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url 2017-04-09 11:41
Lesefreude zu verschenken
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay

Am 23. April ist Welttag des Buches. Und Startschuss für "Blogger schenken Lesefreude"... Und: Lesemanie macht mit und verlost etwas ganz Besonderes!

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